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I got this timber birdhouse from Target (on clearance), but I often see similar ones at craft store such as Michaels. 

Note that between every layer, I set the medium with a heat tool before moving to the next layer to prevent any unwanted colour blend. For the gesso and texture paste, I like to use the heat tool quite close so that the medium bubbles up to create additional texture. Just be sure to move it before it starts to discolour.

I knew that I was going to be using a large number of die cut images for this project, so I opted to take advantage of the pre-coloured images that come with this collection, along with the matching die cuts. they have all been shaped with a stylus to create dimensional embellishments. 

1) Paint the whole birdhouse with gesso to prime the surface. 

2) Apply random thick swipes of  texture paste across the project. Sprinkle microbeads into the paste before drying. 

3) Swipe crackle paint across select areas of the project and dry. 
4) Glue some swirl chipboard pieces onto the roof. Paint with gesso, and dry. Adhere some clear glass glitter to the chipboard. Add some small pieces of mesh tape across the project. 
5) Apply layers of paint mist in pale pink, pale green turquoise and maroon. Heat between layers, to retain the integrity of each colour. 

6) Front panel: cut a circular image and adhere over the opening. Cut away the inner window with a craft knife. Adhere a die cut floral on either side of the frame, along with a large hummingbird image, and a smaller one on the opposite side. Stamp, ink  and die cut a large orchid flower and adhere behind the bird. Cut a decorative strip from patterned paper and adhere to the roof eave. 
7) Roof panel 2: Adhere a large floral image along with a large bird image to the left side near the chipboard. Cut a decorative sentiment strip from patterned paper, and shape into a banner. Adhere across the base of the roof panel. Adhere to small bird row over the top. 
8) Back panel: Die cut a decorative window from pink patterned paper. It will come out in two sections. Die cut the inner frame only from floral paper, and line the back of the window. Mount the inner window with foam dots, into the outer frame. Adhere a large bird image to the left side. 

9) Roof panel 1: Stamp the quote onto a medium paper panel. Colour with watercolour pencils. Adhere with foam dots to the centre of the roof overlapping the chipboard. Adhere large floral die cuts on either side of the quote. Layer small birds over the florals.  Stamp, ink and die cut small and medium orchids. Layer and adhere to the top right of the roof panel, overlapping the florals. 
10) Side panel 1: Create a small cluster by combining a floral die cut with a large handmade orchid. Tuck a small bird above the orchid, and a decorative strip tucked under the left side of the orchid. 
11) Side panel 2: Use the scroll hummingbird image as a background for a large handmade orchid (remove the beak) Add a decorative strip to the left of the cluster. 

12) Use a fine metal tip to apply glue to select details all over the project and apply fine glitter. 

Products Used

Botanic Orchid Paper Collection

Hot Mama Prills

Designer Dries Clear Adhesive Refill

Regal Hummingbird Die

Botanic Orchid Die

Botanic Orchid Bouquet Die

Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles

About the designer

Alicia Barry is from Brisbane, Australia. She is a passionate mom, dedicated design team member, scrapbooker, and likes to dabble in photography. See more of her creations at: Leisha's Blog.


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Gorgeous bird house and fantastic tutorial!!!!!
Friday 10th of June 2016 12:12 PM
~sigh~ Beautiful!
Friday 10th of June 2016 04:20 PM
I am a bird lover and loved the whole tutorial! Now I want to do one as it's beautiful
Friday 10th of June 2016 05:04 PM
Stunning! Definitely gonna do this! Thanks for sharing the inspiration.
Friday 10th of June 2016 06:08 PM
Alicia your decorated bird house is absolutely amazing! I am inspired to repurpose a wooden birdhouse my son painted forest green, many years ago. It could use a makeover and your ideas and techniques in the tutorial will definitely help guide my hands!
Friday 10th of June 2016 06:44 PM
Wow! Such a beautiful "birdhouse." Isn't it exciting what can be accomplished with great products and a talented and creative mind. The more I think this project over, the more I would like to do one for myself! Thanks Alicia for this wonderful idea.
Friday 10th of June 2016 09:10 PM
This is so very pretty. It makes me want to make one today!
Saturday 11th of June 2016 05:59 AM
It is definitely a very beautiful project I would love to try it.
Saturday 11th of June 2016 07:04 AM
I just have to say this project is breathtaking. The colors selection with the new orchid collection makes a 100 with me. A wooden box for cards would also be nice!!!
Saturday 11th of June 2016 11:54 AM
I like every thing she did, it is a great project and it is very sweet to give to a member of the family that is very important to you. Well don.
Saturday 11th of June 2016 12:07 PM
Hello Alicia , thanks for the tutorial, this beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, I'll make one but it sure will not leave me like , but I'll try , I'm from Lima Peru .
Saturday 11th of June 2016 01:48 PM
What a beautiful bird house. I love the collection you used to make this. Now if only I could come up with a way of putting it outside without it getting wet.
Saturday 11th of June 2016 04:01 PM
Very beautiful!! Such talent and creativity . . .
Saturday 11th of June 2016 04:26 PM
Stunning! That is one special birthday "card".
Sunday 12th of June 2016 11:53 AM
Omg I have an old bird house just like that I know what to do with it to make it awesome.. Thank You from Carole Bartlett
Sunday 12th of June 2016 05:38 PM
Monday 13th of June 2016 07:11 AM
I love this idea it's so beautiful. It's nice to see that cards and Scrapbooking pages is not the only thing that you can create with us collection.
Monday 13th of June 2016 09:49 AM
This is stunning
Monday 13th of June 2016 10:05 PM
So well made and beautifully explained
Monday 13th of June 2016 10:35 PM
Absolutely beautiful Alicia. I may have to make one myself. Just love this new line. Deb
Tuesday 14th of June 2016 02:35 PM